Drew Clark: Utah is an urban oasis that helps build value for middle class

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  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    June 30, 2014 8:54 a.m.

    Last month, I saw a documentary entitled, "Wind Uprising," about the Spanish Fork Wind Project's development. The film noted that most of Utah's population resides along the Wasatch Front where reliable and predictable canyon winds, just like the ones tapped in Spanish Fork, can be developed and used by Utah's urban population without need of lengthy transmission lines.

    In the post-screening discussion afterward, it was mentioned that because of the urban development around many of these canyons, not all could easily accommodate wind turbines. However, it got the audience thinking about how readily Utah could move on less populated canyons -- nightly winds and daytime rooftop solar could power Utah residents into the 21st century! The film talked about all the property tax revenues from the local wind farm for schools and city services... a win-win for Spanish Fork!

    Rocky Mountain Power's monopoly and investments into far-away coal-fired infrastructure, doesn't allow Utah to move forward any time soon. The utility is trying to penalize rooftop solar owners with a monthly fee and it knows it can pass coal's carbon taxes onto ratepayers -- thus, no incentive to diversify into clean energy.